December 17, 2010

Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

Bigger, better Condura Skyway Marathon set.

The Condura Skyway Marathon 2011, Run for the Dolphins kicks off February 6, 2011 with a new look, new-concept and a new category added to spice up action in the event tipped to draw a record field.

In fact, the upcoming event has been re-branded from Condura Run to Condura Skyway Marathon as part of the organizer's effort to line up the race as a premier marathon event in the Asia-Pacific region in 2012. "With re-branding comes a lot of improvements that will benefit our runners" said Ton Concepcion. The D-tag timing system used in the New York City Marathon will be utilized in this race.
To accommodate the big number of entries, organizers have set two starting lines on Ayala Avenue and at the Bonifacio Global City with the finish line at BGC. Runners will also be provided with a special edition dri-fit technical t-shirts with the 16k event to be introduced next year. For the first time, the 10k and 16k runners, along with those competing in the half-marathon, will get a taste of running the skyway through a point-to-point course that starts at Ayala Avenue and ends at Bonifacio Global City. With the extension of the skyway, the full marathoners will now be able to run from BGC to Sucat and back. Other events on tap are the 3k and 5k inside BGC.

E-registration is ongoing at Greenbelt 3 in front of Asics store. Deadline for list up is on January 31, 2011. Online registration closes on January 22, 2011. For details and online list up;

Twelve reasons why you should run in the Condura Skyway Marathon.
  1. Run for the dolphins.
  2. Every runner gets a medal.
  3. Special edition dolphin shirt.
  4. D-tag technology.
  5. Breakthrough e-reg system.
  6. 16k new race category.
  7. First 10k on the skyway.
  8. New 21k route.
  9. Run the new extended skyway.
  10. Fun route for the 3k and 5k runners around BGC.
  11. 2 starts, 1 finish.
  12. Lots of freebies and giveaways.
I have done the last two editions of this race and I treasured it. View my recent posts here, here and here. The view from the skyway is exhilarating and I can't imagine running above cars. Lace your shoes and start training now. This is the best time to experience the joy of running high.

December 7, 2010

Another Bite At The Dust

Without much plan in running after the bdm 2010 ultramarathon race, I was satisfied with doing one more full marathon distance before the year ends. My last was during the condura marathon last february which was incorporated in my training for the bdm that resulted in ala-lsd pace race. I even skipped the milo marathons qualifying race to give myself a break from the bdm last summer. It was my prerogative not to commit myself in running long distances if I didn't have ample training.

It was cold outside when we arrived at the qc memorial circle for the 2nd qcim. Last year was a run with xty on her full marathon debut (read here); but this time the road will be just mine because she just intended to do the pikermi distance. I knew I had to slowly bounce back from my old shape and get better from our last year's 4h36m finish time and from condura's 4h30m. I came early to this race with a planned 4h15m finish time, just to feel once again the competition that the marathon brings.

Steve walks warily down the street
with his brim pulled way down low
ain't no sound but the sound on his feet
machine guns ready to go.

Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this
are you hanging on the edge of your seat
out of the doorway the bullets rip
to the sound of the beat, yeah.

I started in a relatively conservative pace after the gun was fired. From the middle of the pack I trod slowly increasing my pace little by little. I moved on loosely together with hundreds of runners, veterans and newbies, with me sharing the road. I reached km10 faster than my goal pace and was surprised that my rhythm was still fine, I guess it was the taper that matter. From there I decided that I will shoot for a sub-4 hour finish. Running the car-less section of commonwealth avenue was a bliss, add up the cool weather, it was an enjoyable race. The sight at the la mesa ecopark was breath taking, the tree-lined asphalt route, the fresh air amidst the rolling terrain was an unforgettable experience. I wish there are more of this in the metropolis for us to enjoy running most.

On my way back, it was the grandeur of the state university that greeted me this time. There were joggers circling the acad oval doing their usual early sunday routine. Many could attest that upd is a haven for runners, an ideal training ground. As I exited university avenue and headed to katipunan for the last turn around point, I prepared myself for the last grind. It was here where the last killer uphills emerged and the remaining 4 kilometers to finish line. I was able to pass this segment just in time to finish my race at 3h55m.

How do you think I'm going to get along
without you when you're gone
you took me for everything that I had
and kicked me out on my own.

I was pretty satisfied with the outcome of this race since I was able to break again the barrier that was under 4 hours. I finished strong wanting to do again another marathon. I knew it was the pre determined route that gave me an advantage in this race having ran it last year. Familiarity of the course is a big factor in running long distances, dictating you where to go fast and where to slow down. My experiences in running marathons were also an added bonus, including the tricks on how to do it, the drafting, the hydration, the nutrition, the pacing, and yes, the walks. But I guess the most important thing in marathoning is the training, don't go without it.

Are you happy, are you satisfied
how long can you stand the heat
out of the doorway the bullets rip
to the sound of the beat, look out.

Another one bites the dust
another one bites the dust
and another one gone
another one gone
another one bites the dust
hey, I'm gonna get you too
another one bites the dust.

See you on the roads, this runner needs more serious runnings to make. Good luck to all the milo finalists, I hope to join you again next time. And ouch, I'll miss you at the carbo-loading party.

Photos here.

December 2, 2010

Finishline In Motion: Road X Trail

Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Finishline website ( and contact number 570-8330

Registration Details:

1. Cycling: November 15 to December 8, 2010
2. Duathlon & Running: November 15 to December 15, 2010
3. Race Kit Redemption (Duathlon & Cycling): December 6 to 10, 2010
4. Registration Sites:
  • Pasig - All Terra Bikeshop, Secondwind, GNC Megamall
  • Quezon City - GNC Trinoma, All Terra Libis
  • Makati - Runnr, GNC Glorietta 4
  • Sta. Rosa - Sabak Bikeshop, Nuvali Evoliving Center (weekends)
  • San Pablo - Green Planet Bikeshop
Event Date & Distance:

1. Cycling - December 11, 2010

a. Timed Fun Ride
  • Fit - 20km
  • Active - 10km
  • Youth (8-11 years old) - 10km
  • Kids ( 8-11 years old) - 6km
b. Circuit: Road Criterium (Time+Laps)
  • Fit (40min+4laps) - 2km single lap distance
  • Active (20min+2laps) - 2km single lap distance
c. Circuit: Dirt Criterium (Time+Laps)
  • Fit (40min+4laps) - 2km single lap distance
  • Active (20min+2laps) - 2km single lap distance

2. Running - December 18, 2010

a. Road
  • 10mile - 16km run
  • 5mile- 8km run
  • Active - 5km run
  • Starting - 3km run
  • Kids ( 8-11 years old) - 1km
b. Trail
  • 10mile - 16km run
  • 5mile- 8km run

3. Duathlon: December 19, 2010

a. Road Duathlon
  • Fit - 3km run/ 20km bike/ 3km run
  • Active - 1.5km run/ 12km bike/ 1.5km run
  • Youth (12-15 years old) - 1.5km run/ 12km bike/ 1.5km run
  • Kids ( 8-11 years old) - 500m run/ 6km bike/ 500km run
b. Trail Duathlon
  • Fit - 5km run/ 30km bike/ 5km run
  • Active - 3km run/ 15km bike/ 3km run

1. Venue Partner: Nuvali
2. Media Partners: Lifestyle Network, Velvet, MYX, Balls
3. Beverage Sponsors: 100 Plus, Cummit Water
4. Minor Sponsors: All Terra, Runnr, GNC